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Leo Raab Political Thought Collection

The Raab Collection is a collection of books relating to political thought that was established by a bequest of Mr Leo Raab to commemorate his son who died in 1962 after an accident while walking in the mountains of Calabria.

Felix Raab was a first class honours graduate in history of the University of Melbourne. As a University Travelling Scholar, he went first to Balliol College and then to a research studentship at Nuffield College, Oxford. For his thesis, written under the supervision of Professor Hugh Trevor-Roper and submitted only a week or so before he died, he was posthumously awarded a D.Phil. The thesis was published as The English Face of Machiavelli (London, 1964) and he was about to return to a lectureship in the School of History in this University at the time of his death.

This collection has been established both to commemorate a robust student and teacher and to inspire others to follow the example of his rigorous scholarship. It contains material spanning the 15th to the 17th centuries, with special reference to Machiavelli.

Access and Availability

The Raab Collection is fully catalogued online.

Material may be accessed through the Cultural Collections Reading Room in the Baillieu Library. Requests for material can be made online prior to visiting the reading room. To request material, please use our online request form.

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